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Gender: Male Meaning of Felix: "happy, fortunate" Origin of Felix: Latin Felix's Popularity in 2017: #246

The name Felix is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "happy, fortunate". Felix is ranked #246 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger.

The name of four popes and sixty-seven saints, Felix has long been fashionable in upscale London and is rapidly becoming a nameberry fave. The name was first adopted by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. In the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

The name appears in literature as the central character in George Eliot's novel Felix Holt, the protagonist of Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull, in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Henry James's The Europeans, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and as a member of the Volturi Guard in the Twilight series. In movies Felix has popped up in everything from several James Bond films to Spy Kids and The Hangover.

Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks are two modern celebrities who chose Felix for their baby boys. A notable namesake is Felix Frankfurter, a long-term Supreme Court Justice.

Popular in the Hispanic community, Felix is also celebrating a surge abroad. Felix has been on the U.S. popularity list for as long as records have been kept and it's popular among Berries.

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Famous People Named Felix

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, Swedish Youtuber
Felix Baumgartner, Austrian skydiver
Felix Jones, American football player
Felix Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright and poet
Felix Mendelssohn, German composer
Felix Nadar, pioneering French photographer
Felix Pipes, Austrian tennis player
Felix Solis, American actor
Felix Vallotton, Swiss painter and printmaker
Prince Felix felixovich yusupov, assassin of Rasputin
Felix Dzerzhinsky, notorious Soviet statesman
Felix Bloch, Swiss physicist and Nobel prize winner
Felix Leopold Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg (b. 1984), son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Felix Radford (b. 1991), son of director Michael Radford
Felix Lee (b. 2000), Korean-Australian rapper and member of South Korean boy band Stray Kids
Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian, Prince of Denmark (b. 2002), son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg
Felix Delaney (b. 2007), son of actors Fiona O'Carroll and Martin Delaney
Felix Watson (b. 2007), son of actor Barry Watson
Felix Griffiths (b. 2008), son of actress Gillian Anderson
Felix Handelman (b. 2011), son of actress Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Felix Chang Grant (b. 2013), son of English actor Hugh Grant
Felix Rye Ladwig (b. 2014), son of pair skater Mark Ladwig
Felix George Dunstan (b. 2014), son of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans)
Felix Sandman, Swedish pop-singer

Pop Culture References for the name Felix

Felix the Cat, cartoon character
Felix Hoenikker, dead scientist and inventor of ice-nine, about whom Jonah intends to write a book, in Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Felix Gaeta, character on TV's "Battlestar Gallactica"
Felix Unger, character in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," film and TV series
Felix, character in web series "Red vs. Blue"
Felix, character in Golden Sun video games
Felix Renton, character on animated series "Kim Possible"
Felix Leiter, character from the James Bond series
Felix Gunn, character in "Children of the Red King"
Felix, an Iberian lynx in the animated film Missing Lynx
Felix, a character from the video game series SSX
Felix, character in 2008 film Made of Honor
Felix, minor character in Rick Riordan's Kane Kronicles
Felix Tapkins, gay bachelor in Dickens's play Is She His Wife? (1837)
Sir Felix Carbury, character in Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now
Felix Felicis, a luck potion used in Harry Potter (6/7)
Fix-it Felix Jr., a character in the Disney movie 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Felix Dawkins, character on TV's "Orphan Black"
Felix, member of the Volturi, character from the Twilight series
Felix King, a character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
Felix the Rabbit, title character in "Letters from Felix" series about a stuffed
bunny that travels the globe and writes letters to his human friend, Sophie
Felix Boulevardez, character in Disney's "The Proud Family"
Felix De Lacey, character in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Felix, main character from the 'Once, Then, Now and After' books by Morris Gleitzman
Felix Taggaro, minor character in hit TV show, "One Tree Hill"
Felix Nowak, character in "The Key" by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
Felix, younger brother of Audrey in "Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella
Felix Gunn, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Felix Moore, character in Chronicles of Avonlea, By L.M. Montgomery
Felix King, character in the Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery
Felix Alexius, character in video game "Dragon Age: Inquisition"
Felix, character in MTV's "Faking It"
Felix, character from the "Asylum" book series by Madeleine Roux
Felix, a scrapped character from the TV show "Miraculous Ladybug"

Felician, Felizio, Felyx, Feliks, Felike, Felic, Fee, Felicio, Felicien, Felice, Feliciano, Fee

Felix's International Variations

Felic (Irish) Félicien, Félix (French) Felice (Italian) Feliciano, Felex, Felicio, Felixiano, Feliziano (Spanish) Feliz (Portuguese) Feel (Danish) Bodog (Hungarian) Feliks (Polish) Feliks (Russian) Felicjan (Slavic)


briarblossom Says:


I think of The Odd Couple. Felix is an awesome name.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I think you should take your negativity and leave.

Melissa Joy Says:


Nah. They're pretty ugly. Felix reminds me of a cat and Casper reminds me of a ghost.

Heather Says:


That's where we heard it and fell in love with the name! Our 6 month old was essentially named after pewds lol

podsolnechnik13 Says:


I think this’d make a cute girls name too.

clairels Says:


Agree, it sounds very feminine to me. But I would rather use Felicia or Felicity. They all come from the same root.

Daiseymae Says:


Thanks. I have always disliked the name Felix. Even Felix Unger was a wimp.

In Progress Says:


@Daisymae Finally, another person with some sense on here! :)

Daiseymae Says:


I really don't care for it either. I have known two people named Felix, and they both turned out as wimps.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


:-p doesn't mean it's not rude.

gummybear0724 Says:


Felix is lovely. It's definitely amongst my top 20 for boys.

gummybear0724 Says:


How rude of a comment! Felix and Casper are lovely names!

In Progress Says:


Thank goodness it was only a dream.

In Progress Says:


I have to say, IMO this name is awful for a human. This is a cat, not a person. I know a little boy with this name and I fight laughter every time I see him and hear his name. Just my opinion, I won't be using it so everyone else - have at it! :)

Piteco Says:


I love that name. It's one of the few boy names I can say I love. Names with initial "F" are my favorites, so... When I think in this name, I imagine a handsome dark-haired little boy.

softboiledeggs Says:


It sounds spunky and fun to me, maybe because of the meaning and its -ix ending. One of my all time favourites.

Jack Says:


This is one of my all-time favorite name, there's non name like it.

ottertails Says:


I don't see how age is a factor when not knowing an association.

DropkickBrat Says:


My second son is Felix, but he was going to have that name from the start (including when I thought for 15 weeks he was a girl). I saw a woman on MasterChef named Felix a few years ago and haven't been able to shake my love for it!

Dalmatians101 Says:


I like this name, its very classic, but not overused. I think it could easily be made into a compound name, which is good for parents who really love two names.

clairels Says:


Seems unlikely. A lot of people seem to like it, but I don't think it has a wide enough appeal to rise past #100 or so.

abertawe Says:


I'm worried that this name will soar in popularity :S

Margot_86 Says:


I would've continued loving this name had I not learned that this is the actual name for that annoying Swedish youtube celebrity that goes by PewDiePie.

EW314 Says:


Love this name, but it's pretty popular in the UK and relatives just used it for their boy. It's charming, distinguished and fun.

I have to say I find it interesting that it's so much less well-used in America, and not even on the radar for some people. It's been known and loved here for a while.

EW314 Says:


I thought I was the only one this had occurred to! I love Felix for a boy, and I'm not usually crazy about boys' names on girls, but Felix has such a cool, pretty sound. I'd probably only dare use it as a middle, though.

nipnerb Says:


Oh, what a lovely name. The -x ending makes it sound Unique and Fresh, and the cat
reference makes it all the more adorable!

Zelliew Says:


Yes - I love cats too

AmeliaHC Says:


My little brother is called Felix, it is an awesome name though he does get a few 'Felix the Cat' gag gifts and he sometimes gets mistaken for a 'Phoenix'.

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headintheclouds Says:


Great name. My mom almost named my brother Felix, and although I can't imagine him being called anything else than his current name, I personally think Felix would have been a better choice. It's a quirky classic to me, a name everyone's heard of before, but isn't too common. Also smart-sounding, with a positive name meaning, and a fun element to it with the -x at the end.

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MissPriss Says:


Felix the cat, maybe?

Anonmommy Says:


I know who that is and I'm 24! :) knowing this makes me love the name Felix even more!

raevynstar Says:


Awesome name. :)

cgwaltney Says:


There's a mommy blogger who named her daughter Felix Belle.

babymagic Says:


All the more reason to like it!

babymagic Says:


I would love to hear this name on a girl.

eveyalecia Says:


Felix and Casper are great names for twins!

amj Says:


A favourite of mine. I once had a dream I had twin boys, one was called Felix the other Casper.

kendallrhea1 Says:


I don't understand why whenever I think of this name I think of a sinister cartoon cat!

Mona Says:


In England we have a cat food brand called Felix, but I like all names with Xs and Zs in.

clairels Says:


Am I supposed to know who that is? We aren't all 13 years old.

clairels Says:


Absolutely do not get this name and why so many Berries are crazy about it. It makes me think of a cat licking himself (Feline licks).

Guest Says:


I never knew this name till I found out pewdiepie had it :p

AnonymousPerson Says:


Very nice name. Makes me think of a dark-haired boy with big green eyes.

kitchi1 Says:


I used to like this one, too, until someone ruined it for me. The people's last name was Winky or something like that, and they said, "Well, if he's gay Felix Winky will work!" Felix. He licks. Winky. Yes, horrible.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name. I tend to like more girl names than boy names, but this is one cool boy name. I might want to use it for a character.

Rush1986 Says:


I absolutely adore this name. I havent yet to meet a felix in real life, but i feel like people would react in a more "felix eh? i haven't heard that name in awhile" rather then "wtf you named your kid felix?" kind of way.

DoctorWho Says:


This is such a handsome name and one of my favourites. It is sweet and charming with a beautiful meaning

MaryKathryn Says:


I think this name is so cute! I would much rather use this name over Max/Pax/Knox/Jax